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Wole Soyinka 39198 - WS

Bookcraft, 2004. Paperback. Pp: 269. This beautifully designed and produced picture biography of Wole Soyinka, published in honor of his 70th birthday in 2004. Soyinka is perhaps Africa's most brilliant cultural ambassador and critic. A notable commentator on world affairs, in 1986 he was the first African to win the Nobel Prize For Literature. And, in 2004 he delivered the BBC Reith lectures. Featuring some 600 photographs, dating from 1934 until the present day, from many sources close to home, the international press, and from individuals and institutions, the work traces the extraordinarily full life that Soyinka continues to lead. It considers him in the guises of the creative genius, activist, celebrity, "citizen of the world" and as a man of many laurels. Pictorially, the work documents his life from his childhood, through his decades' involvement in creative work and political turmoil, to his numerous public and personal engagements in later life. Many photos illustrate his life in the theatre and his plays, as well as the real dramas of his life: the time spent abroad, and his engagement in the political struggle for justice, often at the risk of his own life. The book includes examples of his creative achievements in the poetic medium, an extract from his Nobel lecture, and many photographs of his art collection. Fellow writers, colleagues, friends, and family members from Nigeria and farther afield were commissioned to write on various aspects of Soyinka and his life. There are pieces or citations from the late Bola Ige, Abiola Irele, Femi Johnson, Okey Ndibe, Ulli Berer. Martin Banham, Ben Okri, Femi Osofisan, Justice Kayode Esho. Ngugi wa Thiongo, and Nadine Gordimer. In the memorable final tribute, fellowNigerian poet and scholar, Niyi Osundare, acclaims Soyinka as a generous, resilient, and lucky man, in spite of the appalling circumstances he has had thrust upon him. He characterizes him as a "rooted cosmopolitan." and as being "to Africa's literature what Mandela is to its politics.". ISBN: 9789782030429. Cond./Kwaliteit: Goed.
EUR 17.50 [Appr.: US$ 18.94 | £UK 15 | JPą 2854] Book number 3068428

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